I’d like to thank the Academy and all the little people….

Just kidding.

But seriously, I just had a cheese and spinach omelette with a guy someone once called New Brunswick’s first Internet Cowboy – and he has the hat and boots to prove it.

The ‘he’ in this case is David Jonah who, besides being an excellent storyteller, is my ‘host’ or Webmaster or whatever you want to call him (Local in the Know).

And David had a bevy of statistics on the davidwcampbell.com blog and I will impose these on you for your edification.

In the average month, between 4,500 and 5,500 people stop by the blog. That used to spike more after a CBC commentary but I haven’t been called for many of those recently but the numbers over the past three months are still quite strong 4.5k – 5.5k visits per month (people not Google).

On a daily basis during the week visits range from a low of 150 to a high of 400 or so.

Google stops by the most of the search engines with about 15,000 visits over the 2+ years.

This is interesting, the average visitor stays for over four minutes (2.5% stay for over an hour – I suspect this may be Al Hogan :-)). I’m told this is twice as long as the average visit to an average web page which means either a) I take too long to say what I am trying to say or b) you are slow readers.

There have been 6,809 views of the blog coming through the davidcampbell.xml RSS.

The Parrsboro/Headz story really hit a nerve – it was viewed by over 516 individuals.

An estimated 42.4% of you have added the blog to your favourites (I don’t know how they calculate this but David tells me this is impressive).

76.7% of you come in directly either through a bookmark or typing in the url. Only 23% come in via a search engine like Google (I’m told this is a good stat as well).

Of the folks coming through search engines, a few of you are trying ‘david campbell’. But that is not likely to get you to the blog. There’s an actor from Australia that’s far better looking that comes up first. You are better off with david campbell and moncton or some such combination.

Our old friend and blogging colleague The Sorry Centrist has linked to this blog a pile of times. Thanks for the free promotion Scott. PoliticsNB has seen fit to link to this blog a few times as well.

Finally, 25.3% of you are coming from an unknown operating system which would indicate most likely from government websites (I’m told). Let me just reiterate my respect for public servants – in this I’m sincere – even when I ocassionally chastise for some reason or another.

Essentially, I have the readership of a small magazine run. I am not sure what that means but I think it means that a few people are interested in the topic of economic development in New Brunswick and even though many don’t agree with my approach, we can have a dialogue and isn’t that the intent?